Brightlingsea Regents have announced that their FA Trophy tie with Harlow Town will be free entry for all supporters and visitors.
However, both clubs have agreed that charity buckets will be placed at the gates as they look to raise money for the family of Jack Atkinson, a young footballer that passed away yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game on Sunday.
Now Regent have released a joint-statement on the website confirming their decision.
“Brightlingsea Regent FC & Harlow Town FC want to announce that by mutual consent and in agreement with the Football Association, our game scheduled for Tuesday 15th November in the FA Trophy at North Road will be completely FREE to enter for all supporters & visitors.
Brightlingsea Regent Chairman Terry Doherty has agreed to cover all match day expenses & will be funding all the running cost of the fixture. Harlow Town FC have also very kindly agreed to waive their rights to travel expenses for their staff & players.
Brightlingsea Regent FC would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to both sets of supporters, players & officials on Saturday. We look forward to welcoming a bumper crowd tomorrow evening & hope this gesture goes some way to showing our appreciation for our non league supporters.
As we are sure you can appreciate, a decision like this is not an easy one for any Non League Football Club, and one which carries a financial burden, however we have grown from strength to strength in the last 5 years and our local community support has played a big part in this.
We would also like to add, following the extremely sad news of young footballer Jack Atkinson who sadly lost his life playing the sport he loved. It puts things into perspective & its times like this the Football Community should pull together.
So with that in mind there will be charity buckets on entry at tomorrows match should you wish to make a donation, all money raised will be passed to Jacks family who our thoughts & prayers are with.
We thank you and look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.
Brightlingsea Regent FC”
Source: Brightlingsea Regent FC